Femi Oyelola, Kaduna
The National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD), Kaduna state chapter as its contribution to the 2018 World Glaucoma week screened over 100 Journalists for early detection of the disease in Kaduna yesterday.
The Team Leader of NARD, Dr. Ugochukwu Eze, said every black man is prone to glaucoma and if not detected and treated early can lead to blindness.
According to him, the situation became worrisome when a member of one’s family suffers from the disease because it is highly communicable.
Dr. Eze who is the National Public Relations Officer of NARD, said every
Nigerian should at least go for eye screening once a year to know their status.
“We’ve screened over 100 journalists this morning. We advised some of them, and referred some to eye center because of the nature of their problems.
“The world glaucoma week is celebrated on the 11th – 17th of March across the globe. And we as resident doctors decided to partner with the Nigeria Union of Journalists to improve the sight of its members.
“We also advised the affected journalists to always see their Ophthalmologist before buying or using any eye glass. The main massage here is that blindness from glaucoma is irreversible, but early detection can provide lasting solution,” he said.
Speaking earlier, the Chairman of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ),
Kaduna Council, Comrade Adamu Yusuf said journalists by the nature of their
job are always engaged in writing and reading which put stress on the eyes, hence, the need for constant checks on the eyes.
He commended the NARD for the collaboration and urge journalists to take advantage of the free screening to improve their eyesight.
Speaking also, the Zonal Secretary of the Sports Writers Association of
Nigeria (SWAN), Abdulraheem Aodu, said journalists are getting older every day like any other species, so special care must be paid to their sights because the older one gets the leaser the eyes becomes sharper.
According to him, the coming of the NARD members is an opportunity to journalists to know their status and take the necessary steps to ensure that their eyes is protected from all infections.
Aodu called on journalists to take the issue of their eyes very serious because it’s like the engine room of their profession which without they cannot do with. He thanked the NARD members for the free eye screening exercise.